Assessing all major needs of the Dallas Cowboys this offseason

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 08: Wide receiver Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys makes the recption for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Offensive Needs for the Dallas Cowboys

This list will seem like there is a lot of work to be done, but realistically the Cowboys can help themselves by keeping some of the guys they have as free agents or a mix of their own free agents and other teams’ free agents. They have some needs, here but a lot could be depth.

Offensive Line

This is all depth to be honest. Sure, they could be looking for a tackle with Tyron Smith seemingly slowing down to injury and guard help. However, realistically they need depth more than anything here. If they re-sign some of their own free agents and have developed some guys in the offseason, they shouldn’t need to add much.

Need rating: Low

Tight End

Jason Witten is probably not going to return and Blake Jarwin is a restricted free agent. The Cowboys should bring back Jarwin, however, after him, there is not much on this team. Currently they have Dalton Schutlz, but he has not really impressed and adding a tight end in free agency like O.J. Howard, or draft someone. This may not seem like a need to many, but this is a thin postion. Sure, they have Cole Hikutini on the future/reserve list, but this doesn’t give a warm and fuzzy.

Need rating: Mid to High

Wide Receiver

This is a position that could be a huge need or a depth need. If the Cowboys keep Cooper and Cobb, then adding a wide receiver may not be as pressing as if they let them walk. Either way, a wide receiver or two are likely in the mix for this offseason. The Cowboys do need some help on special teams and more speed overall. Certainly a need, but how big of one remains to be seen.

Need rating: Mid (speed is welcomed)


This could be nothing more than a depth need if the Cowboys re-sign Dak. However, if they let him walk, quarterback becomes perhaps the biggest need for the team. Even if they signed a veteran, you need to start grooming your next guy. If they re-sign Dak, competition for the backup slot should be something they look at. The tend to look at backups late in the draft, but either way a quarterback of some form or another will be something they will look at. Even if it is just camp arms.

Need rating: Low (depending on the Dak outcome)

Running Back

Jamize Olawale has a club option, and that leaves Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and Jordan Chunn. Even if they bring back Olawale, they could add someone for depth but probably not a need we will see addressed in free agency or the draft. It could be an undrafted free agent or a very late round pick, but running back is probably not a concern.

Need rating: Low